Weathermen killed on weather patrol in World War II to be honored November 19 in Washington, D.C.


Ceremony to honor civilian weathermen who served on USCGC Muskeget:

  • Luther H. Brady, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Lester S. Fodor, Cleveland, Ohio
  • George F. Kubach, Sandusky, Ohio
  • Edward Weber, New York, New York

Thursday, November 19, 11:00 a.m. EST


Naval Heritage Center auditorium at the U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004

  • Vice Adm. Sandra Stosz, deputy commandant for mission support, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Vice Adm. Michael Devany, deputy under secretary for operations, NOAA
  • Vice Adm. John Totushek, president and CEO, Navy Memorial
  • Dr. James Delgado, director, Maritime Heritage Program, NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
  • Dr. Louis Uccellini, director, NOAA’s National Weather Service
  Reporters must register to attend the event by emailing

More than 70 years after the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Muskeget was sunk by enemy fire, four National Weather Service meteorologists on board will be posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal for their sacrifice. This marks the first time a weather service employee has been awarded the Purple Heart. Family members of the weathermen will accept the medal on November 19 in Washington, D.C.

In August 1942, the Muskeget, a weather observation ship, departed from Boston, to collect weather information at Weather Station No. 2 in the North Atlantic Ocean. The Muskeget’s last weather report was received on September 9 and then the ship disappeared. Later, the military determined the ship was torpedoed by a German submarine U-755. All crew members were killed.


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